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Bill Would Toughen Penalties For Straw Gun Buyers


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - If you buy a gun for a felon, you can get in a lot of trouble today. A bill is being proposed at the Capitol which would make those penalties even tougher. The legislation would hit persons who knowingly accept guns through those kinds of purchases, too. Felons can’t legally possess firearms. Milwaukee Chief of Police Edward Flynn says his officers are going up against drug dealers and gang bangers who are often just as well armed as they are, yet buying and accepting the guns in most cases results in a misdemeanor charge. Flynn says guns used to shoot 6 Milwaukee officers were purchased at a single shop: Badger Guns. And who are the straw buyers? Retired ATF agent Brad Hayes, who spent 15 years in Milwaukee, says they’re often the clients of drug dealers. Senate bill 611 increases that misdemeanor to a felony charge.